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Developing the best chemical engineers since 1969.

Welcome to the Department of Chemical Engineering, situated within the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University. We take pride in doing cutting-edge research whilst delivering well rounded and highly skilled professional chemical engineers. Our team includes 20 full-time academic staff, 20 postdoctoral researchers, and 28 technical and support staff. Here you will find information about our research focus and academic programmes, as well as contact details of our staff.

Applications for our Bachelor’s Degree (BEng) in Chemical Engineering for the 2024 intake open 3 April and close 31 July. 

Join our BEng Chemical Engineering Q&A Webinar on 24 May 2023, 19:00 – 20:00

All prospective undergraduate chemical engineering students, parents, teachers, and chemical engineering enthusiasts are invited to attend this Q&A session. 

We’ll discuss what chemical engineering is all about, career prospects and options, our BEng Chemical Engineering programme offering, admission requirements, and answer any questions that you might have. 

Register for the webinar here.

May your journey with our department, in whichever capacity, be positive and enriching. Please reach out to us and let us know how we can assist you.

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Prof Christie Dorfling

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Our facilities, current research projects, and students’ experiences

The Department of Chemical Engineering has excellent facilities for students studying chemical engineering. This video gives you a tour of our facilities, and showcases some of the research projects currently undertaken at the department. Students also share their student experiences studying chemical engineering at SU.


Within the Department, our research foci can be grouped in to six main research areas:
Bioresource Engineering
Extractive Metallurgy
Separations Technology
Waste Valorisation
Water Technology
Machine Learning

What Chemical Engineers Do


Machine Learning research group hosts global experts: delving into traffic modelling and mineral processing innovations

The Machine Learning research group at the Department of Chemical Engineering welcomed two exceptional researchers…

May the fourth be with you: A chat with Star Wars fan Heinrich Bock

In a galaxy not so far, far away, Mr Heinrich Bock, Facilities Manager of the…

Students and staff have a ball at undergraduate social

The Department of Chemical Engineering’s staff and undergraduate students put their best foot forward at…

Meet the four-legged friends of the Department of Chemical Engineering

In honour of International Pet Day on 11 April, we’re celebrating the four-legged friends and…